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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 9 Tasks You Should be Outsourcing

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 9 Tasks You Should be Outsourcing

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What is one surprising task you have completely outsourced in the last year?

1. Follow-Up Emails

Derek Capo

    We are implementing Infusionsoft and Freshdesk. Before, I had to manually send emails to prospective clients, but now the automated marketing or the canned responses (that look as if I wrote the email manually) write them for me. It saves me a ton of time without sacrificing quality or service.
    Derek Capo, Next Step China

    2. Hiring and Filtering Process

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    Benji Rabhan

      We hired an outsourced HR person who comprehends automation to help us define roles and design the process behind hiring.
      Benji Rabhan, MorrisCore

       

      3. Customer Service

      dave-nevogt

        Customer service is one of the easiest and most effective business functions to outsource. It’s all about creating good templates and documentation for your support staff. Once you’ve done that, it’s a great function to outsource because in most cases, many of the requests are very similar. One of the best ways to do this is to find a work-from-home mom or dad who can help you part-time.
        Dave Nevogt, Hubstaff.com

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        4. Product Descriptions

        josh weiss

          Pictures are now detailed enough that we can fully outsource all of our product descriptions.
          Josh Weiss, Bluegala

           

           

          5. HR Tasks

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          Phil-Laboon

            We signed up for a service that automated our entire HR department — complete with employee manuals and training. The icing on the cake for me was that they also handle any legal consequences, including unemployment or worker’s compensation.
            Phil Laboon, Clear Sky SEO

            6. Public Relations

            doreen-bloch

              I believe PR to be a core strategic initiative and never thought we would outsource it at Poshly. With the expansion of press efforts in the past year, we decided to outsource our PR efforts to EJ Media Group. The best thing about working with an external PR firm of fantastic caliber is that we collaborate to find the best outlets for publicity, and they can leverage their expertise and contacts.
              Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

              7. Accounting

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              russ oja

                I’m pretty organized and like having my hands on the accounting, but I found it much more efficient and scalable to outsource it to the professionals. If you’re doing menial labor worth less money than your time is worth, it’s time to outsource that to another person.
                Russ Oja, Seattle Windows and Construction, LLC

                8. Social Media

                Maren Hogan

                  I have a genuine love of online community interactions. I love everything about social media, from moderating chats to meeting new people. As my business grew, I just couldn’t keep up with my outlets the way I need to. I now have a social media manager who I trust and appreciate.
                  Maren Hogan, Red Branch Media

                  9. Administrative Tasks

                  Danny Boice

                    We share a virtual administration among our executive team, and it’s worked out surprisingly well. Although, it does mean I have to get my own coffee.
                    Danny Boice, Speek

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                    Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                    15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

                    15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

                    Knowledge is power, and you’re going to need a lot of it if you’re going to be able to steer your business to success.

                    Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best entrepreneurs books to get inspirations about success and grow your business.

                    1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

                      This book has been dubbed the Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature, and it was actually the first book that gave a prescription of what it takes to be a winner.

                      Napoleon Hill draws from the stories of millionaires like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and Thomas Edison to illustrate the principles he put forth.

                      Get the book here!

                      2. The Lean Startup by Eric Reis

                        A lot of startups end up failing, but many of these failures are actually avoidable. The Lean Startup provides a different approach that is now being adopted all over the world and changing the way that companies are developed and products are being launched.

                        In The Lean Startup, Eric Reis describes what is required for a company to penetrate the fog of uncertainty in order to discover a path to a sustainable and successful business.

                        Get the book here!

                        3. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

                          In a revised edition of the 150,000-copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber refutes some of the myths that surround starting your own business and shows just how commonplace assumptions can end up getting in the way of being able to run a successful business.

                          Gerber succeeds in walking the reader through the steps that occur in the life of a business, from infancy, through the pains of growing as an adolescent, to the perspective of the mature entrepreneur.

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                          Get the book here!

                          4. Rework by Jason Fried

                            Most of the business books that you get today will give you the same advice: draft a business plan, study the competition, look for investors, and all that.

                            However, Rework shows you a more effective, easier and faster means of succeeding when running a business. By reading it, you’ll be able to know why some plans are harmful, why you don’t really need to get investors, and why you’re better of shutting out your competition.

                            Get the book here!

                            5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

                              This is one of the most successful motivational books in history, selling well over 15 million copies since it was released in 1936. The book is timeless, and it appeals to businesses, self-help startups, and general readers.

                              Carnegie believes that a lot of successes come from an ability to communicate rather than having brilliant insights. In his book, he teaches how to value others and make them feel appreciated and loved.

                              Get the book here!

                              6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

                                Through this amazing book, Malcolm Gladwell is able to take the reader on an intellectual journey through the world of ‘outliers’. He asks the question of what truly differentiates high-achievers.

                                His answer to this question is that we tend to pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and less attention to where they are actually from.

                                Get the book here!

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                                7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

                                  This is the best personal finance book ever written. It tells the story of Kiyosaki and his two fathers; his real father, and that of his best friend (his rich dad), as well as how the two men helped him shape his opinions on money and investing.

                                  It refutes the myth that you need to earn high to become rich, and it distinguishes between working for money and having money work for you.

                                  Get the book here!

                                  8. The Ascent of Money: The Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

                                    Niall Ferguson, in this book, follows the money to tell the story behind the evolution of the word’s financial system, from the beginning way back in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest occurrences in what he had dubbed Planet Finance.

                                    Fergusson also reveals financial history as the backstory behind our very own history, with an argument that the evolution of debt and credit is as significant as the history of technological innovation and the rise of civilization.

                                    Get the book here!

                                    9. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

                                      Michael Lewis landed a job at Salomon Brothers after getting out of the London School of Economics and Princeton within three years, he had risen to the rank of bond salesman, making millions for the firm and cashing out steadily.

                                      Liar’s Poker is the amalgamation of these years — a look behind the scenes at one of the most turbulent times in American business. His book is Lewis’s account of an era where greed and gluttony were the order of the day.

                                      Get the book here!

                                      10. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Michael H. Pink

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                                        A lot of people see money as the best motivator. Michael pink says it’s a mistake.

                                        In this provocative book, he asserts that the secret to high performance anywhere is the need to direct our lives, to learn and create, and to do better by our world and ourselves.

                                        Get the book here!

                                        11. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

                                          Outdated methods don’t work in today’s world. In this book, Allen shares some awesome methods for stress-free performance that he has shared with thousands of people all over the world.

                                          His premise? That productivity is proportional to your ability to relax.

                                          Get the book here!

                                          12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

                                            In this book, Stephen Covey presents a holistic approach for overcoming both professional and personal issues. With insights and anecdotes, Covey presents a way to live with integrity fairness, service and dignity.

                                            Get the book here!

                                            13. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

                                              In this book, Ferriss dishes on the tips he has learned from studying the New Rich, a subculture of people who did away with the deferred life plan and mastered time and mobility to developed luxury lifestyles for themselves.

                                              If you’re looking to make your way in this revolutionary new world, this here is your compass.

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                                              14. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

                                                The CEO of Zappos shows how a unique kind of corporate identity can help deliver a huge difference in the way results are being achieved — by creating a company that values and delivers happiness.

                                                Get the book here!

                                                15. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

                                                  From Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records and V2 to Virgin Cola, Virgin Megastores and a wide array of other companies, Richard Branson is the rockstar billionaire that a lot of us want to be.

                                                  Branson, however, did business by following a simple philosophy:

                                                  “Oh, screw it, let’s do it”

                                                  Losing My Virginity is an unusual, borderline outrageous autobiography of one of the greatest business geniuses in the world. Branson and his friends named their business “Virgin” because that was what they were — virgins at the game.

                                                  Since then, he’s written his success rules, creating a global business that has no headquarters, no management structure no corporate identity as it were.

                                                  Get the book here!

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